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Jack Wilshere is shown a red card for serious foul play. Jack Wilshere concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikola Zigic. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Nikola Zigic challenges Emmanuel Eboue unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Emmanuel Eboue.
Alex Song is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a comfortable save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Nicklas Bendtner. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Tomas Rosicky from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Sebastian Larsson takes a outswinging corner.
Effort from the edge of the area by Garry O'Connor goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Tomas Rosicky takes a shot from 20 yards. Brilliant save by Ben Foster.
Garry O'Connor handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Nikola Zigic results in a free kick. Samir Nasri takes the direct free kick.
(Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Garry O'Connor coming on for Lee Bowyer.
Nicklas Bendtner on for Marouane Chamakh. The offside flag is raised against David Murphy. Lukasz Fabianski takes the direct free kick.
Keith Fahey leaves the field to be replaced by David Murphy.
Emmanuel Eboue is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Emmanuel Eboue concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line.
Stephen Carr is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Stephen Carr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky. Shot on goal comes in from Samir Nasri from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Carr on Tomas Rosicky. Tomas Rosicky takes the free kick.
Tomas Rosicky on for Andrey Arshavin. The offside flag is raised against Marouane Chamakh. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
A cross is delivered by Samir Nasri, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.
Samir Nasri takes a inswinging corner.
Shot by Jack Wilshere from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Effort from deep inside the area by Jack Wilshere misses to the left of the goal.
Effort on goal by Emmanuel Eboue from 18 yards. Blocked by Andrey Arshavin.
Jack Wilshere concedes a free kick for a foul on Roger Johnson. Free kick taken by Lee Bowyer.
Shot from 12 yards by Vassiriki Diaby. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
Shot by Vassiriki Diaby from 12 yards. Blocked by Roger Johnson.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sebastian Larsson.
Alex Song challenges Alexander Hleb unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sebastian Larsson takes the free kick.
Foul by Alex Song on Alexander Hleb, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Sebastian Larsson from the free kick, blocked by Emmanuel Eboue.
Lee Bowyer is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Vassiriki Diaby by Lee Bowyer results in a free kick. Samir Nasri restarts play with the free kick, Emmanuel Eboue takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
Sebastian Larsson takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Marouane Chamakh scores a goal from inside the six-yard box . Arsenal 2-1 Birmingham.The assist for the goal came from Jack Wilshere.
Marouane Chamakh fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-1 Birmingham.The assist for the goal came from Jack Wilshere.
Unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Marouane Chamakh results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Jack Wilshere gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Lee Bowyer challenges Vassiriki Diaby unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Johan Djourou by Nikola Zigic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
Samir Nasri goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Samir Nasri concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
Penalty scored by Samir Nasri. Arsenal 1-1 Birmingham.Penalty awarded for a foul by Scott Dann on Marouane Chamakh. Assist by Marouane Chamakh.
Nikola Zigic produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Nikola Zigic produces a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Nikola Zigic produces a right-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
Jack Wilshere gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.
Alex Song takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in. Samir Nasri takes the outswinging corner, Shot from 12 yards from Jack Wilshere. Scott Dann gets a block in.
Nikola Zigic grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Arsenal 0-1 Birmingham.Keith Fahey sends in a cross, the assist for the goal came from Keith Fahey.
Nikola Zigic finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Arsenal 0-1 Birmingham.A cross is delivered by Keith Fahey, assist by Keith Fahey.
Foul by Sebastien Squillaci on Nikola Zigic, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Alexander Hleb manages to make a clearance.
Jack Wilshere concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexander Hleb. Barry Ferguson takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Sebastien Squillaci on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Fahey by Emmanuel Eboue. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from left wing.
Unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by Jack Wilshere results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
The ball is sent over by Samir Nasri. Shot by Gael Clichy from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Keith Fahey takes a shot. Comfortable save by Lukasz Fabianski.
Samir Nasri has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Samir Nasri.
Unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by Stephen Carr results in a free kick. Sebastien Squillaci is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Marouane Chamakh challenges Alexander Hleb unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Carr by Alex Song. Roger Johnson takes the direct free kick.
Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sebastian Larsson, Roger Johnson takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Carr.
Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
The game begins.
The referee blows for half time.
The referee gets the second half started.
The referee brings the game to a close.
Wenger: We need to show winning mentalityArsene Wenger has challenged his young Arsenal side to show they are winners every time they step out onto the pitch.Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas, who will miss the Barclays Premier League clash against Birmingham at Emirates Stadium with a hamstring problem, expressed his concerns in a Spanish radio interview of the need for his team-mates' "wealth of quality" to be translated into a "winning mentality" and deliver some long-overdue silverware.Arsenal suffered successive league defeats before the international break, losing at home 3-2 to West Brom and then going down 2-0 at Chelsea to leave them some seven points behind the leaders, only just clinging on to fourth place.Wenger feels once that illusive first trophy comes, the last being the FA Cup in 2005, then more will follow."It can be misinterpreted. I think everybody has a great desire to win, but you get a winning mentality as well when you have won," Wenger said when asked to respond to his captain's outspoken comments."What is at stake for us is not the desire to win, but to make history and to win trophies."As long as you have not won you are not completely certain that you can do it - but that does not mean that you lack the desire to win."This team has a great desire to win, but you have to show it week in week out."This life, at the top level today, in the best league in the world, is to turn up every single game at full cylinders."Wenger is counting on his team to produce a response against the Blues, when his attacking options will be bolstered by the return to fitness of strikers Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner.Meanwhile, Alex McLeish believes Birmingham's Serbian striker Nikola Zigic will be in the right frame of mind for the clash.Zigic was part of the Serbian side caught up in the violence which led to the Euro 2012 qualifier with Italy in Genoa on Tuesday being abandoned after only nine minutes.Fireworks and flares were thrown on the pitch and the visitors' team bus was attacked before the game, which led to keeper Vladimir Stojkovic refusing to take the field.Zigic is in strong contention to make his first Barclays Premier League start as Cameron Jerome is rated doubtful with an ankle problem.And City manager McLeish said: "We've spoken only briefly about what happened in the week. Nikola said it was absolute bedlam, crazy."Is he in the right frame of mind? You have to ask that question of everyone of the Serbian players."I wouldn't think that every Serbian player involved the other night would be affected and wouldn't want to play this weekend."Personally if it was me, I would want to get on with it."I know it must have been a dangerous situation with the flare coming on the bus and injuring the keeper."But Nikola knows he is going to be safe at the Emirates and there is no danger that he wouldn't want to play."Zigic has taken time to adjust to the English game and McLeish admits the best is still to come from his #6 million signing from Valencia.He said: "I am not going to criticise any individual but suffice to say Nikola is trying to find his feet."Sometimes when players are striving for that, there is also a confidence factor to take into account."There is loads to come from the big man. There is no doubt about it."He has settled in, he is a bit fitter now. He should be ready to participate and help us get over the current wee stutter we are experiencing."Blues on-loan midfielder Alexander Hleb will face his former club after recovering from an ankle knock which kept him out of Belarus' Euro qualifiers with Luxembourg and Albania.Craig Gardner will again be suspended after his sending-off against Wigan three weeks ago.
Gunners dig deep for victory
Arsenal got their Barclays Premier League campaign back on track with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Birmingham - but had Jack Wilshere sent off in stoppage time for a rash challenge.
The Blues took a shock lead through Nikola Zigic after 33 minutes as once again the Gunners - who had lost their previous two league games before the international break - failed to make the most of early possession.
However, Samir Nasri levelled with a somewhat controversial penalty just before half-time, before Marouane Chamakh slotted home a well-taken effort two minutes after the restart which proved enough for all three points.
The win was soured late on, however, when England teenager Wilshere showed his immaturity with a reckless challenge on Zigic which earned him a straight red and a three-match ban.
Defeat at Chelsea last time out had left Arsenal some seven points off the pace, and manager Arsene Wenger had called on his team to produce a strong response from kick-off.
It was almost that as Chamakh went close after just four minutes following a neat one-two with Wilshere on the edge of Birmingham's box, but Stephen Carr blocked his side-foot effort.
Arsenal suffered a shock 3-2 defeat against West Brom in their previous match here last month - and there was more frustration for the home supporters during the first quarter-of-an-hour following some resolute defending by Birmingham.
On 17 minutes, Sebastien Squillaci headed in Samir Nasri's chipped free-kick from the right wing, but the offside flag was quickly up.
Arsenal were presented another golden opportunity on 24 minutes when a soft back pass from former Arsenal midfielder Sebastian Larsson in his own penalty area gifted Gael Clichy a free shot at goal from 10 yards, but the full-back dragged his shot wide of the far post.
Gunners goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski had not really been troubled, but needed to be alert to collect an inadvertent backward header from Emmanuel Eboue, which was set for the top corner, after a free-kick into the Arsenal box.
The Blues, however, continued to look dangerous from set-pieces and it was no real surprise when the visitors went ahead after 33 minutes.
A throw-in was fed back to Keith Fahey, and his sweeping cross was met by Zigic, who got up above Johan Djourou to power a header back into the bottom corner for the Serbian's first Premier League goal.
Birmingham almost snatched a second when Roger Johnson knocked the ball back across the six-yard box, but Fahey blazed over as he got in the way of Zigic.
Arsenal were then handed a lifeline five minutes before the break when Scott Dann clipped Chamakh's trailing leg and referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot.
Nasri made no mistake as he crashed in his fifth goal of the season.
The French winger, though, was soon in the referee's book for barging at Liam Ridgewell, although replays suggested the card could easily have been red after leading with his knee.
Tempers were boiling over as half-time approached, with Blues skipper Carr involved in a heated exchange with the Arsenal bench and Chamakh looked to be on the receiving end of an elbow from Johnson, but it went unpunished.
If there was a touch of controversy about Chamakh's involvement in the equaliser, the Morocco striker produced the perfect response as he put Arsenal ahead just two minutes after the restart.
Wilshere played the ball into the left side of the penalty area, where Chamakh ghosted past Carr before holding off Dann as he rounded the goalkeeper to roll home his fifth goal from a tight angle.
Arsenal soon settled into their usual passing rhythm, as Birmingham suddenly found themselves chasing possession for long spells, but were again guilty of taking too many touches around the box when a more direct approach was required.
Wilshere did just that when charging into the left side of the penalty area before drilling an angled drive over.
Both substitute Tomas Rosicky and Nasri tested Foster from distance while the introduction of Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner for his first appearance of the season gave Arsenal a different option.
But it will be Wilshere's red card that makes the headlines after he went in late on Zigic, and must now serve a three-match ban.
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